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Handkerchief length - Bandanna handkerchief piece-goods

Bandanna handkerchief piece-goods

  • Object:

    Handkerchief length

  • Place of origin:

    Berhampur, Murshidabad District (Made)

  • Date:

    c.1880 (Made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Tie-dyed silk

  • Museum number:

    IS.678-1883

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Continuous purple silk piece-goods with repeated tie-dyed ('bandhana') pattern in red and white. The fabric is designed to be cut into individual bandanna handkerchief.

Place of Origin

Berhampur, Murshidabad District (Made)

Date

c.1880 (Made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Tie-dyed silk

Dimensions

Length: 479 cm, Width: 110 cm

Object history note

Tie-dyed silk pieces were exported by the East India Company from Berhampur to Britain in the mid-18th century to become the 'bandanna' handkerchiefs and scarves.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Skelton, Robert and Mark Francis eds., Arts of Bengal, text by Robert Skelton, John Lowry, Andrew Topsfield, Veronica Murphy and Susan Stronge, London: Whitechapel Art Gallery 1979, no. 193, p.68.
ISBN 0 85488 047 X

Murphy, Veronica and Rosemary Crill, Tie-dyed Textiles of India, London: Victoria and Albert Museum 1991, pp.126-127.
ISBN 0 944142 30 3
p. 76, pl. 3
Das, N. and Llewellyn-Jones, R. (eds.). Murshidabad: Forgotten Capital of Bengal, ISBN 978-81-921106-9-1. Marg, Mumbai, 2013. ISBN 978-81-921106-9-1.
pp.126-7, Fig, 53
Tie-dyed textiles of India : tradition and trade / Veronica Murphy and Rosemary Crill. London: Victoria and Albert Museum :in association with Mapin Publishing, 1991 Number: 0944142303

Labels and date

BENGAL HANDKERCHIEFS

Traders exported handkerchiefs made in Bengal to Europe and North America. Printed silk choppas (from Hindi chhapna: 'to print') were hugely popular, as were tie-dyed silk bandannoes (from Hindi bandhana: 'to tie'), the origin of the modern bandanna handkerchief. Fine Bengali cottons were also used for handkerchiefs, sometimes with mottos or names woven into their borders.

Length of bandannoe handkerchiefs
Tie-dyed silk
Berhampur, West Bengal, 1830-80
V&A: 18.678-1883

Choppa handkerchief
Printed silk
Kasimbazar, West Bengal, 1820-50
V&A: 18.17-2008

Personalised handkerchief
Cotton with silk borders, woven with the name and titles of Colonel T.H. Hendley
Santipur, West Bengal, 1898-1903
Given by Mrs G.M. Hendley
V&A: 1S.218-1992
[03/10/2015-10/01/2016]

Production Note

Berhampur is close to Murshidabad town.

Materials

Silk

Techniques

Tie-dyeing

Categories

Textiles

Collection

South & South East Asia Collection

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